Ted Babbitt, Florida watercraft accident lawyer, wrote an article for The Palm Beach Post about Florida boating accident statistics.
Florida leads the nation when it comes to boating accidents, with 679 recorded accidents in 2019, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Of those, 55 were fatal, resulting in 62 deaths.
The top five factors contributing to these accidents are operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol; and in most cases of drowning the victims were not wearing a life jacket.
The rule is simple and urgent: A boater needs to wear a life jacket whenever he or she is on the open water.
To read Ted’s full article about Florida boating accident statistics, click here.
At Babbitt & Johnson, we have handled multiple watercraft accident cases – and have recovered significant awards for our clients. If you or a family member has been injured in a boating accident or watercraft accident, contact our accident attorneys for a free evaluation and consultation.